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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »

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Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

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She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »

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Wanda Holloway: The things you do for your kids.
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One More Chance
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Bold Satire with a killer performance by Hunter
15 November 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

"Positively true Adventures..." takes a bold look into the life of an obsessive stage mother thus making it a successful satire. Holly Hunter gives a killer performance and is arguably one of the greatest female actors around today (see The Piano, Copycat and A Life less Ordinary for evidence). It's a shame this had to be a telemovie as a cinematic release would've guaranteed Holly an Oscar nom, but ah well.

Beau Bridges and Swoosie Kurts also give fantastic performances rounding out the talented cast.

Much like 1999's Drop Dead Gorgeous, this film is black to the point of extreme ebony and should appeal to most, but if you're into frigid sugar-coated films, I suggest you steer clear.

9/10


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